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eWeek: Windows May Need to Pick Up Some Linux Desktop Tricks

Feb 11, 2004, 23:30 (15 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Steven J. Vaughan-Nichols)

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"You see, as Mary Jo Foley reports in Microsoft Watch, in Thailand, financial pressure from Linux desktops forced Microsoft to first cut its prices, and then, and this is the interesting bit, start releasing what the Bangkok Post, Thailand's leading newspaper, calls 'Windows XP Lite.' This is a stripped-down version of Windows Home for the Thai market.

"Microsoft's corporate spokesman Mark Martin denies that this is the start of some kind of interim version of Windows, but at the same time, Microsoft is keeping a close eye on how well 'XP Lite' does.

"Microsoft would be wise to do so. The Linux desktop is starting to look a lot better to both home and business users..."

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